Posted: Wed, 11 May 2016 11:00
From football, rugby, cricket and tennis, to boxing, bowling, curling and rowing, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has supported projects related to almost every popular sport in the UK. Heritage Lottery Funding has conserved historic sporting sites and facilities, including Brockwell Lido in London and Victoria Baths in Manchester. However, the focus of most projects is the stories and memories behind the people, places, and events that make up our sporting heritage. Many projects have researched the history of local clubs, recording the memories of communities, players and fans. Others have explored the lives of sporting heroes, local links to the Olympic Games, and the diversity within sport, from Deaf tennis to Jewish boxing heritage.
We've already had some local success in the county with e.g. the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation's 'Proud to be Derbyshire' pictorial history celebrating the heritage of Derbyshire CCC. Also, Matlock Baileans Hockey Club's 'Jolly Hockey Sticks' project which celebrates their 70 year hockey heritage.
Currently the HLF are seeking more sport related heritage projects, particularly from Erewash and Derby.
Click here to find out more about the opportunities available to sports clubs through the Heritage Lottery Fund, or phone them on 020 7591 6042 / 6044 to seek advice about your sporting heritage project idea.